5th March 2020

The British Insurance Brokers’ Association (BIBA) has today (5 March) opened delegate registration for its 2020 conference and exhibition – The Year to Pioneer which takes place in Manchester on May 13 and 14.

Register here

Delegates can elect to simply make the most of the networking opportunities presented by one of the largest insurance gatherings in Europe; attend the Young Broker Day (if they are a BIBA member under 35 years old); or make the most of the extensive conference programme by booking a full delegate ticket.

The delegate programme promises a pioneering experience.

The opening keynote speaker on Wednesday is himself a global pioneer. Dr Bertrand Piccard travelled around the world, non-stop, in the Breitling Orbiter balloon, covering 28,000 miles in just under 20 days with no re-fuelling. Since then he has circumnavigated the globe in a solar-powered plane. A true adventurer, Dr Piccard is uniquely placed to comment on the emergence of clean technologies.

On Wednesday afternoon delegates can hear from the former CIA Clandestine Officer, writer and peace activist, Amaryllis Fox. Her book Life Undercover: Coming of Age in the CIA was released in October 2019. As a counter-terrorism expert, her view on global conflict and Middle East tensions should prove to be an unmissable session.

On Thursday morning, David Coulthard MBE, racing driver and popular Formula 1 TV presenter and analyst will address the main auditorium to talk about his life in the fast lane and his work with the Red Bull team.

Finally, on Thursday afternoon and following on from last year’s debate on mental health, seen by many as one of the most memorable keynote sessions in recent years, a panel of high-profile speakers will talk about facing and overcoming obstacles. Reggie Yates, investigative documentary maker, will host Nicola Adams OBE, Britain’s first-ever female boxing gold medalist; one of the stars of SAS: Who Dares Win and former Special Forces soldier Ollie Ollerton; and Billy Monger the 20-year-old British racing driver who suffered a double amputation after a horrific crash in 2017.

Highly popular in 2019, broadcaster Huw Edwards will return as our host for 2020.

As always, the speaker programme is complemented by a series of six topical seminars, this year covering: Diversity & Inclusion; Big Beast Brokers; Intellectual Property; the Hard Market; Wellbeing and The Future of Regulation.

A new attraction at this year’s exhibition is the BIBA Knowledge Bar, which will allow delegates to talk to experts about maximising their data and making the most of their digital marketing. The area will be split into two sections: first a drop-in centre to meet the experts; and the second will be devoted to a series of learning sessions designed to increase a company’s online visibility.

Steve White BIBA CEO said:  “We look forward to welcoming brokers, insurers, suppliers and other bodies to Manchester to talk, network and learn.  Never before have we faced more challenges, be it Brexit, climate events or wellbeing and now is the time for us to come together to look for suitable, pioneering solutions.

“We look forward to seeing you in Manchester.”



Notes to editors


  1. Every  year BIBA takes the health and safety of exhibitors delegates and employees very seriously, putting in place rigorous checks and procedures at our event. 2020 will be no exception and we intend to take appropriate advice and guidance about additional measures that we may need to take to protect visitors from Coronavirus.
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The British Insurance Brokers’ Association (BIBA) is the UK’s leading general insurance intermediary organisation representing the interests of insurance brokers, intermediaries and their customers.

BIBA membership includes more than 1800 regulated firms, employing more than 100,000 staff.  General insurance brokers contribute 1% of GDP to the UK economy; they arrange 67% of all general insurance with a premium totaling £66.5bn and 81% of all commercial insurance business. Insurance brokers put their customers’ interests first, providing advice, access to suitable insurance protection and risk management.

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